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M ow G o a t s
The MowGoat program brought four goats to the neighborhoods for a demonstration project of alternative vacant lot maintenance in June. The goats brought positive media attention to the community with stories in print and on tv and radio. Over 250 people visited the Stockyards neighborhood on June 5 for the MowGoat Meet & Greet, and hundreds of visitors came to see the goats in action over the following 3 weeks. During the 23 day pilot project, the goats ‘mowed’ 7 vacant lots, including eating large amounts of brush and overgrowth, and also trimmed an overgrown alley. A neighborhood resident was hired to herd the goats, and many other residents volunteered their time for the project.
Helped 18 residents complete land bank side-yard expansions Converted 9 vacant parcels to gardens/parks Assisted with 18 gardens and coordinated 5 greenspace events Conducted 15 community clean-up projects with 568 volunteer hours contributed Supported Let’s Grow! gardening summer camp for kids Acted as a liaison and provided coordination for the monthly meetings of the Garden Leaders Committee Hosted a community site RiverSweep Clean-Up event in May Partnered with MetroHealth for their 175th Anniversary Service Event in July – which contributed 450 volunteer service hours, including cleanup projects, graffiti abatement, greening of vacant lots and public art on W. 25th St. Implemented the West 65th Street Corridor Connections Study in January with a public meeting to announce the project and gather resident input. A traffic study and economic development study were completed, and designs for pedestrian-friendly intersections and a new bike path are underway. Coordinated/supervised Court Community Service crews; over 400 CCS hours recorded Abated 400+ graffiti tags Ongoing vacant parcel survey
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Community Pa r t n e r s h i ps
Over the past year, our office has been fortunate to partner with dozens of community organizations, schools, institutions and businesses. Here are just a few of the project outcomes: 6th Annual Stockyard Neighborhood Bike - A - Thon Ward 14 Canine Wellness Day National Night Out Against Crime Ward 15 Safety Summit Brooklyn Centre Bicentennial Celebration Westside Leadership Collaborative of Cleveland Neighborhood Connections MetroHealth Volunteer Day W. 25th Street Corridor Initiative Earned Income Tax Coalition (EITC) Near West Side Community Council Art House public art initiatives Carseat Safety Check
Over 3,200 residents attended community meetings, block clubs, clean-ups, neighborhood work days and other events. Provided technical assistance and support to 30+ community block clubs, associations, program and issue groups, etc. Average 150 block club and association attendees a month Provided comprehensive leadership training to 15+ residents and stakeholders Partnered in the 6th Annual Stockyard Neighborhood Bike-A-Thon, serving 400+ area youth with bike education, safety and programming Completed a comprehensive social service directory for the near westside Developed new comprehensive ‘Network Weaving’ program (see page 4!) Supported 3 streets to hold Street Sales with over 60 houses participating and a Skate Kitchen skateboard demonstration on Archwood, Daisy and Bush Avenues Safety Committee court watch resulted in 500 hours of community service Sent out bimonthly e-newsletter to 700+ recipients Supported the Brooklyn Centre Bicentennial Planning Committee in hosting seven events with over 1,500 residents and stakeholders in attendance. Provided support and assistance to block clubs and associations for 10+ Neighborhood Connections applications and an additional 5 ongoing projects Helped in the strategic planning to coordinate the Near Westside Community Council, a partnership of several nonprofit organizations partnering to improve youth development. Held 2 call ins to address concerns with violent activity on the near west side, one in a community setting and one in a school setting totaling about 70 youth. Attended, staffed and supported 30+ community resource fairs events Provided extensive bi-lingual community outreach and engagement to service area
2011 F i nanci al Re por t
January 1 – December 31, 2011 Income City of Cleveland CDBG HEAP Neighborhood Connections Neighborhood Progress Development Fees Miscellaneous Total Income Expenses Personnel Administrative Development Administration Vacant Lot Support/Graffiti Abatement Neighborhood Connections HEAP Program Expenses Total Expenses Total Income/Expenses $391,185 $103,479 $17,691 $1,000 $61,426 $250 $575,031
Code E nfor c e me nt H ous i ng & D e vel opm e nt
Redeveloped 29 vacant houses; 8 additional properties are in the initial stages of redevelopment Provided housing repair and program referrals to 149 residents Promoted 50% rebate for exterior repairs through the Model Block Program to homeowners on Marvin Avenue in the Jones Home Historic District. Two homes have completed. Initiated 50+ vacant properties and parcels through tax foreclosure submissions, County donation requests, and technical assistance to private property owners Reported 153 homes to Building and Housing for major code violations Inspected 799 houses for code violations Monitored 325 homes with code deficiencies, achieving 33% voluntary homeowner compliance Completed 5 Comprehensive Inspection Area (CIA) surveys as a part of the Code Enforcement Partnership Provided testimony for 101 cases on the Housing Court and Board of Building Standards Supported SCFBC Housing Committee, in reporting to the City including 85 condemned homes to be prioritized for demolition and 160 houses for inspection Prioritized 77 one and two family houses, including 56 homes demolished by Building and Housing, 21 homes demolished by the Cuyahoga County Land Bank (CCLRC), and 1 private demolition. Completed 3 vacancy surveys and identified 632 vacant homes
$440,812 $80,017 $5,000 $6,302 $17,493 $10,918 $560,542 $14,489
E c onom ic D e ve l opm e nt
Provided support and technical assistance to the City of Cleveland’s Storefront Renovation Program: 48 businesses introduced to SRP, 15 businesses interested in the program, 8 active projects Referred 12 businesses to City of Cleveland assistance programs including the Vacant Properties Initiative and Working Capital Loan Program 5 new businesses opened 176 instances of technical assistance, over 42 businesses assisted 8 businesses assisted through the Near West Design Review District 17 businesses and property owners assisted through the Board of Zoning Appeals Assisted with over $45 million in development projects throughout the service area Continuous work on many large-scale projects: West 65th Street, West 25th Street, New Max Hayes High School Represented community and business interests in the Fulton Road Reconstruction Project Created the Neighborhood Economic Development Committee Provided leadership role in West 25th Street Corridor Initiative.
H o m e En e r g y A s s is t a n ce P r o g r a m
N e t work We av in g
Created Cleveland’s first neighborhood TimeBank, an organization in which residents can exchange skills and services without using cash. Since August, there are 46 members who have exchanged 92.5 hours. Members gave and received the following services: gardening, plumbing, roof repair, computer literacy training, new business marketing/branding, website design, interior & exterior home painting and event promotion. Organized 3 NeighborCircles, involving 25+ residents and members from a faith-based community partner, since July Completed comprehensive NeighborCircle Training Ongoing leadership development and afterschool program for youth organizing initiative at Lincoln West High School Organized 5 community events since April, including partnerships with schools and the Near West Side Community Council Engaged with 40+ different representatives of community-based organizations, neighborhood groups and institutions, faith-based groups, and local businesses to facilitate community events, planning and improve collaborative efforts. Supported local public and community schools for coordinating volunteerism and events for youth leadership and safety initiatives.
Served 4,500+ appointments annually Enrolled over 2,000 household on the PIPP Plus program Completed over 180 CEI Fuel Funds Applications Completed 2,542 Winter Crisis Program applications. Completed 1,565 Summer Crisis Program applications, providing electric payments and/or cooling units. Made daily referrals to 10+ city wide non-profit organization: Salvation Army, Catholic Charities, St. Colman’s Empowerment Center of Greater Cleveland, Cleveland’s Pregnancy Center, Eden Housing, Merrick House Settlement, Home Weatherization Assistance Program, etc. Completed 75+ Water Affordability applications and referred over 50 clients to Cleveland Housing Network for the Water and Sewer Affordability Program and the Sewer Fuel Fund program.
Awa r d s A n n u a l C e le b r a t i o n
Green Thumb Award
Brooklyn Centre Brooklyn Centre Community Orchard Clark-Fulton W. 33rd Street Block Club Stockyards W. 73rd & Neighborhood Coalition
Brooklyn Centre Steel Valley Federal Credit Union Clark-Fulton Near West Community Council Stockyards 6th Annual Bike-A-Thon Planning Committee
Community Advisory Council
Gloria Ferris, Chair Rita Grabowski, Vice President Kate Dupuis, Secretary Rebecca Kempton, Treasurer Salathiel Carter Maria Figueroa Alan Foreman Bill Graham Anne Hill Irene Hitsman Diane Morgan Donna Nolen-Brooks
Brooklyn Centre Art House, Inc. Clark-Fulton Esperanza, Inc. Stockyards Maggie’s Farm
Brooklyn Centre Bicentennial Planning Committee
Great Neighbor Award
MetroHealth System 2012 Community Service Day
Greg Baron, Housing Director Dean Bates, Mature Service Volunteer Maribel Cirino, Bi-lingual Intake Specialist Juliana Cole, Community Network Weaver Adam Gifford, Director of Community Involvement Brian Gozelanczyk, Law School Fellow Litressa Hunter, HEAP Intake Specialist Christina Keegan, VISTA & TimeBank Coordinator Katherine Natasha Lott, Volunteer Nanci McCormack, Administrative Assistant Megan Meister, Program Director Joe Narkin, Housing Specialist Sasha Ottoson-Deal, Development Specialist Dave Reuse, Greenspace & Graffiti Abatement Coordinator Adam Stalder, Economic Development Director Dharma Valentin, Community Organizer